HYDERABAD: Earlier this year the 'Three Gorges' reservoir in Yichang, China was flooded. It recorded the largest inflow of water in its history. Gates of the dam were opened to release water. Officials had to evacuate almost 300,000 residents.

(Source: The Guardian)

In light of this, social media users have recently begun sharing a video about flooding. A Facebook user shared the video with the caption, "The flood gates at Three Gorges Dam in China were opened due to heavy rains on 2nd August 2021. See the flooding,"


This video is not linked to the 'Three Gorges' dam flooding.

NewsMeter found that this is a viral video of the 2011 tsunami that hit Miyako City, Japan on March 11, 2011. According to 'Associated Press' and Russian news channel 'RT', Miyako was hit by a tsunami resulting in the seawall washing away everything including cars and boats. Around 1,400 people were killed by the earthquake.


According to news reports by 'Reuters' and 'The Atlantic', a powerful 9.0 offshore earthquake hit the coast and over 600 people died and 6,000 buildings were destroyed in the city while hundreds were still living in temporary housing.

Clearly, the viral video is from the 2011 Japan earthquake- tsunami incident. It is not linked to 'Three Gorges' reservoir flooding. Thus, the claim is false.

Claim Review :   Video shows recent ‘Three Gorges’ reservoir flooding.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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